|SEASON 6 EPISODE 29|
|Pitch||cafe for cats|
|Asked For||$100,000 for 20%|
|Status||Out of Business|
What is Gato Cafe?
Cafés providing good food, coffee, and cats to play with proved to be a successful niche in Asia and Europe. As the “cat café” trend caught on globally, Gato Café hoped to import it to Florida. Beverages, food, and the option to adopt a feline companion would be on offer.
Who is the Founder?
Adriana Montano, the would-be founder of Gato Café, has experience in the culinary industry. She was an advocate and fundraiser for Alley Cat Allies, a nonprofit organization for cats, before teaming up with her husband, Michael Meng, to try and launch Gato Café. Meng served in the Army National Guard.
Given her previous work in protecting cats, together with her love for them, Montano’s self-description as a cat lady is accurate. While working at the nonprofit organization, her boss showed her an article covering Japanese cat cafés.
Montano loved the idea of a cat café and decided she’d try opening her own in Boca Raton or Delray Beach, Florida. Patrons could enjoy packaged meals and “fur therapy.” In 2014 the concept for Gato Café was born. To bring Gato Café to Florida, Montano decided to raise start-up funding through an Indie Go-Go campaign and partnered with an animal rescue organization.
What Happened After Shark Tank Update
Is Gato Cafe Still in Business?
Although the Gato Café concept attracted a lot of positive attention, the first crowdsourcing campaign wasn’t very successful. After appearing on the Shark Tank show, Gato Café received more publicity in the media, which prompted a second, ultimately unsuccessful, crowdsourcing campaign. Unfortunately, Montano would never open Gato Café for business.